Galway Film Centre: Talking TV Drama 2013


Galway Film Centre’s annual seminar on Writing for TV Drama takes place this year on 17th & 18th October.

This event is run in partnership with Screen Training Ireland, the BAI and is supported by TG4, the Irish Film Board/ Bórd Scannán na hÉireann and RTÉ. Galway Film Centre is funded by The Arts Council. Past guests have included Vince Gilligan, Hans Rosenfeldt and Bryan Cogman.

This year’s panels are:

Thursday Afternoon, October 17th
Writing for a Younger Audience – 2pm – 4pm
There is a great demand for writing in this area and this panel will examine the challenges of writing for this genre.
Tom Bidwell (Writer) – MY MAD FAT DIARY
Bryan Elsley   (Writer) – SKINS, DATES, THE CROW ROAD
Melanie Stokes  (Company Director) – Kindle Entertainment
Máire Ní Chonláin  (Chair) – (Commissioning Editor) -TG4

The Evolution of LOVE/HATE – 4.15pm -6.15pm
An in-depth look at this award winning Irish crime drama.
Stuart Carolan  (Writer) – RAW, LITTLE WHITE LIE
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor   (Actor) – HOWIE THE ROOKIE

Friday, October 18th
THE JOURNEY OF AMBER – 10am – 11.30am
is a 4 part series, which has sold to US, Australian, Canadian and Scandinavian broadcasters and will be broadcast on Irish TV in January 2014 & BBC4 in April 2014. This panel examines the genesis and the journey of this TV Drama.
Rob Cawley  (Writer/Producer) – AMBER
Gary Duggan  (Writer) – AMBER
Paul Duane  (Writer/Producer) – AMBER, SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL
Muirinn Lane Kelly  (Chair) – Writer

In Conversation with US Showrunner, Frank Spotnitz -1.30pm -4.30pm
Frank Spotnitz (creator of HUNTED and writer and executive producer on The X-FILES) will discuss his approach to writing for TV.  He is currently writing a series adapted from the TRANSPORTER hit movie franchise, and is writing and co-producing an adaptation of Philip K Dick’s THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE for Ridley Scott.
Frank Spotnitz  (Writer) – HUNTED, THE X-FILES
Shane Perez  (Chair) – Writer
Cost: €80/€90
More info or to book a place, phone 0035391-770748 or email


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